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Oct
24
comment Why did the Soviet Union get 3 seats in the UN?
Good answer. I was totally unaware of this. Would be nice to have more conclusive sources, but yeah...
Oct
24
comment Who were the pre-Celtic inhabitants of Western Europe?
Good question. This has been explored a lot, and I think the answer is indigenous Cro-Magnon culture. The Basques and possibly the Etruscans are often listed as examples of this. (Often the Picts of Scotland too.) I'll wait for someone to quote Gimbutas' theory here, which is quite interesting. If not, may get around to doing it myself...
Oct
23
comment What was the first spy agency?
I'm pretty sure the Ancient Persians (Sassanid Empire) had a fairly extensive network of spies controlled by the King and such. Not sure about anything earlier, though.
Oct
23
comment Third Reich? What were the other two?
@Artemis: Haha, perhaps... Yes but I'm always looking out for challengers. ;-) And just to clarify to anyone reading, I do actually enjoy being on this site for the sake of it - rep is just that fun competition side of it heh.
Oct
22
comment Why did Canada not join the American Revolution?
A complex issue, for sure. Good question; I hope someone can address it fully.
Oct
20
comment What were Hitler's religious beliefs?
I think they're quite confusing, to say the least. He was raised non-strictly as Christian (Catholic even?) but seemed to lean towards neo-Germanic paganism at some times. At other time, he refuted paganism and reasserted Christian beliefs.
Oct
20
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Oct
20
comment What was the American policy on colonisation and why?
I think the better word is conquered or annexed, rather than colonised.
Oct
20
comment Third Reich? What were the other two?
@Artemis: Fair enough. It's answered now. I just envy the easy rep points heh. :-)
Oct
20
comment Was the Battle of Tours really the turning point for the Umayyad expansion into Europe?
Russia was geographically very open to attack from the east, and militarily at a disadvantage to light cavalry on the steppes of Asia. The more advanced and indeed populous nations of Central and Western European would have posed a much larger challenge, for sure.
Oct
19
comment What advanced educational opportunities were available to native Africans in the early 1890's?
In any case, can't answer your question I'm afraid, but I should say that the British didn't treat black Africans particularly well during their rule. For example, the administrative and mercantile class in colonial British Africa (east Africa at least) was largely composed of Indians, who the British shipped in from the subcontinent to run the place; a) because they were typically better educated than the natives, b) because it reduced the chance of any local uprisings.
Oct
19
comment What advanced educational opportunities were available to native Africans in the early 1890's?
Heh. There seems to be a lot of interest around the 1890s decade currently for some reason. :-P
Oct
19
comment Was the Roman Empire based on a 'plunder economy'?
I have to agree with you here. It was certainly not what the Romans set out to do, though it may have happened in the end. Worth noting though, is that wherever they plundered they also built an infrastructure and trading posts, supported by a Roman garrison.
Oct
19
comment Did the USA win the counter insurgency war in the Vietnam war?
@Sardathrion: No, but I think it's common view. :-) The U.S. military was not at all trained for guerilla warfare; indeed hadn't really been involved in any since that fought the Native Americans! I think the result of the war and testimonies of the soldiers is proof enough, hopefully.
Oct
19
comment Is there actual debate over which country (Brazil or Portugal) is the successor state to the original Portugal?
Of course not, don't be silly. Portugal was the originator of Brazil as a country, and still the more powerful country at the time of independence.
Oct
18
comment Are the Xibe people the same as the Manchu?
@TomAu, But there is no evidence to suppose this really. On the contrary, they seem to stem from the same people originally, and were "one" at some point in not-too-distant history.
Oct
18
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
@HarleyHolcombe, yeah Ireland definitely isn't on the penninsula, oops. :-) I think it's kind of vague when the "penninsula" ends though. It was always a loosely defined term I feel. In any case, it would seem that Nazi Germany and Spain shared fascist ideologies (the former even helped during the latter's civil war, though Franco couldn't stand Hitler). Switzerland always held too much Nazi money in its banks to make an invasion worthwhile, I heard!
Oct
18
comment Why was the Irish War of Independence in 1918 successful when other revolts failed?
This is true... Just pointing out it includes the case in context though!
Oct
18
comment Were Shakespeare's plays written for “high culture” or “entertain the bawdy masses” during his time?
I agree. Shakespeare's plays were designed to appeal to the masses as well as the higher class educated folk. Adults and children alike, often. The Simpsons is a great modern example, I feel, as it targets adults and children alike, and can be both high-brow and base, often at the same time!
Oct
18
comment Why was the Irish War of Independence in 1918 successful when other revolts failed?
The Irish had indeed been particularly abused in WWI, used as some of the most expendable infantry.